Arts Admin Merit Badges

Any arts administrator worth their salt should be able to sell a ticket, plan an invasion, make brunch, conn a ship, design a brochure, write a sonnet, balance the books, build a wall, carry a tune, comfort the board, take orders, give orders, ignore orders, implement orders, act alone, be a team player, solve equations, analyze data, give an elevator pitch, program a computer, herd cats, and look fabulous doing it.* Specialization is for suckers. So why not show off all those skills with arts admin merit badges? Update: thanks to the … Read more

A Guide To Better Donor Communications

I recently wrote a bit of a rant on Medium about the need to be more insightful in terms of how we communicate with our donors. This led me to think about the tactical side of that and how that would be implemented in a communications campaign. We tend to start with a patron’s donor level in creating messaging for an appeal. Whilst the amount of a gift is important information, so is the level of engagement with your organization. Each target group will respond to different messaging and knowing what each … Read more

An Updated And Expanded Must-Have Google Analytics Settings Deck

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of running a workshop on Must-Have Google Analytics Settings for the League of Chicago Theatres. The 90 minute session included an updated and expanded version of the Click. Click. Done. session that’s been a hit at several nonprofit arts admin conferences over the past several years. I want to extend my thanks to the League’s Director of Member Services, Ben Thiem, for organizing everything and to all of the their members who took time after work hours to attend. And since ArtsHacker is all about … Read more

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